Chocolate of the Day
Le Noir filled chocolate - Good ++ - Good +++
Burnt Caramel filled chocolate - Good ++ - Good +++
Weight: .8 oz. (22.64 g.) (estimate) for two pieces
Calories: 124 calories (estimate) for two pieces
Cost: $8.90 (estimate) for 2 pieces (part of a 5-piece box)
Purchased from: Shekoh Confections, Palo Alto, CA
Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate Snacks Theme Week.
Today's Le Noir and Burnt Caramel filled chocolate confections were created by accomplished Chef Shekoh Moossavi, who recently opened Shekoh Confections (Palo Alto, CA).
To call these high-end chocolates a "snack" sells them short. At over $4.00 (USD) each, these skillfully-made and attractive filled chocolate confections were a luxury item, fit for any special occasion. (OK, yes, a very special, satisfying snack.)
This piece smelled like sweet, smooth dark chocolate; and then started to dazzle after the first bite, over-delivering on texture and taste.
A thin dark shell covered a very smooth, dark and velvety ganache (filling). This chocolate was loaded with authentic cacao flavor notes that included: true chocolate (fresh-baked brownie) and rich caramel--and a very slight earthy forest note toward the finish.
Today's Burnt Caramel domed, filled chocolate confection was "painted" with the same sunny yellow as the classy signature color and decor featured in Shekoh Confections (retail shop).
Aroma notes for this Burnt Caramel piece: subtle, almost fruity, chocolate, and nutty caramel notes.
The textures were just right. The freshly made, soft flowing caramel interior had a faint buttery taste (vs. a corn syrup flavor and/or overly stiff or overly liquid texture in less expensive chocolate covered caramels).
The sweet caramel interior was complemented by the earthy dark chocolate, an earthiness (loamy, forest) that lingered a bit into the finish. It was a pleasure to experience authentic cacao flavors like this in a confection. Sadly, the dark chocolate in bulk confections can be bland and over-processed. Not the case here.
Shekoh does not use preservatives, so enjoy while fresh and store these chocolates in a cool, dark place.
Ingredients: (None listed on small box)
Allergen-related information: (None listed on small box)